How do you tea?

I like to tea with a huge orange mug, filled to the brim with a super hot brew of English Breakfast tea. I don’t like a particularly strong brew, just enough to get a nice full-bodied flavour and rich colour. Sometimes I take a dash of milk (soy), but I never ever add sugar. I tea several times a day at work and probably just a couple of times a day on the weekend.

Also on the tea front I thought I’d share two lovely tea related prints from Sydney-based Tabitha Emma, who just so happens to be one of my favourite etsy artists. The ‘Superb tea‘ art print on the left features some gorgeous vintage looking tea-cups and delightful tea stains, while the ‘Bunnies and tea‘ print on the right features more lovely tea-cups and bunnies … BUNNIES AND TEA CUPS!!! … in fact there’s even a bunny IN a tea cup … surely life doesn’t get much better than that!?!

Oops, all that cuteness momentarily distracted me from serious tea business. Given that ‘variety is the spice of life’ (as my grandmother would ironically repeat ad nauseam), I’m sure there are about one billion different ways to ‘take tea’ …

So please indulge my scientific mind with a little survey … How do you tea?

10 Comments

  1. Rol

    I used to drink tea by the bucket but switched to green tea a few years ago and now find the taste of real tea far too strong. I don’t like milk though so whatever I drink, I always drink it black.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – I think for me I’ve always been more of a coffee drinker, with my tea drinking kind of sitting around the edges of that horrid addictive drink habit. I grew up in a house of huge tea-drinkers though, so it’s always been a part of my life and I will ALWAYS have an appreciation of a really lovely brew.

      Green tea is delicious too, I tend to have that in the afternoons. There was a period of time where all I would drink was Peppermint tea, but I think I went too hard – now I can’t stomach the stuff. While you may find ‘real’ tea too strong for your palate now, you’re definitely hard core by not having any milk mixed in … respect! 🙂

  2. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    I love tea! Earl Grey is my absolute favorite. I like it very strong with nothing added. In the summertime I sometimes even make iced Earl Grey. So good!
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – I must admit that after losing my heart to the joys of English Breakfast tea I’ve never really given much time to the other varieties like Early Grey – I must rectify that! 🙂
      I wonder if the fact that I love my coffee to be strong means that I only like my tea to be weak!?! I love that you take your Earl Grey ‘very strong’ … I’m sure it helps you focus throughout the day.

      Iced Earl Grey tea would be magic I’m sure – I absolutely adore Iced Tea during summer … a glass of Iced Tea + Watching Tennis = absolute bliss! 😀

  3. Lisa

    For some reason Tabitha Emma’s greatly delightful art prints conjured up an impression in Alice in Wonderland of the Mad Hatter and March Hare who try to put the dormouse in a teapot!

    Alice Kingsley: “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast”.
    The Mad Hatter: “That is an excellent practice”.

    Accompanied by the rising sun, an aromatic infusion of Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey or English Breakfast tea will be a brewing, preferably in my timeless Brown Betty teapot. Yes, I admit, I like my tea strong, milky, hot and nicely golden in color!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – I totally agree with you about Tabitha Emma’s art prints reminding you of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, I feel just the same! 🙂
      … Lewis Carroll … what an imagination, and such a wonderful inspirationally light touch with the written word. We should all be inspired to believe in more impossible things before breakfast!

      I really must sample some other tea varieties outside my usual blends … though sometimes a visit to my local tea store is incredibly overwhelming … there are so many choices and so many delights for the eyes and the nose – it’s too hard to decide what to try!

  4. Narnie

    I have about 9 cups a day. It’s kind of the law when you’re British 🙂 I thought you might be interested to know that over here, we have a kind of tea called the ‘builder’s’. That’s because whenever you have workmen, they always take it strong and two sugars. That’s kind of the law too. So strong tea, two sugars, ask for a ‘builder’s’. My friend used to have five sugars in her tea, ugh. I have it extra strong and just the slightest dash of skimmed milk, no sugar but usually a biscuit.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Narnie – 9 cups of tea a day?? Wow! That’s super impressive (and yes, it does seem so very British of you!). 🙂
      Thanks so much for telling me about ‘builder’s tea’ … that is FANTASTIC, and I’m so going to use that in a story sometime in the future … I love little cultural insights like that! 🙂

      I used to have sugar in my tea, but one day suddenly decided I just couldn’t handle the sweetness. I can’t believe your friend used to have five sugars in her tea!!!
      A biscuit to accompany your tea – YES! How could I forget to note that apart from sharing a cuppa with a dear friend, the next best thing to share a cup of tea with is a lovely biscuit! 🙂

  5. Rhianne

    oh wow, I love that shop! I may even have to buy something now!

    I have decaf tea with skimmed milk no sugar… I cant stand it with sugar in it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rhianne – There are so many beautiful prints in Tabitha Emma’s store … and pretty much anything that relates to tea attracts me straight away (and after all, tea fixes EVERYTHING!). Oh I didn’t even know there was such a thing as decaf tea … you sound super, super healthy with your tea choices! 🙂
      … (YAY for being no-sugar-in-our-tea twins).

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